Jun 1, 2010

New York Times Reports Iran Has Fuel for Two Nuclear Weapons

Joel C. RosenbergBy Joel C. Rosenberg

The New York Times published a dramatic headline this morning: “U.N. Says Iran Has Fuel for 2 Nuclear Weapons.” It’s important and sobering news, to be sure, especially in the midst of the sideshow struggle over the Gaza flotilla. But didn’t we already know this information nine months ago?

On September 1, 2009, I published the following weblog column: “IRAN HAS ENOUGH URANIUM TO BUILD AT LEAST TWO BOMBS.” My report was based on a discussion with Dore Gold, Israel’s former Ambassador to the U.N. and senior advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. He was drawing his conclusions from a footnote in an IAEA report that came out last summer. He was right, and well ahead of the curve. Isn’t it likely, then, that Iran has far more nuclear fuel today?

“In their last report before the United Nations Security Council votes on sanctions against Iran, international nuclear inspectors declared Monday that Iran has now produced a stockpile of nuclear fuel that experts say would be enough, with further enrichment, to make two nuclear weapons, ” reports the Times. The story also notes, “It has been four years since the Security Council first demanded that Iran cease all enrichment of uranium, citing its efforts to hide its activities and deceive inspectors. The country has openly defied those resolutions, telling inspectors that those demands — along with calls to allow inspectors to visit a series of facilities that could be useful in energy or weapons production — had been 'issued illegally and have no legal basis.’”

Let’s keep everything in perspective: a nuclear-armed Iran is the real threat to world security. Yet as Iran gets dangerously close to having operational nuclear weapons, the world is doing nothing decisive to stop Iran. Rather, the world is pummeling Israel for defending her coastline during this whole Gaza flotilla crisis. The world is also trying to force Israel to strip naked and disclose and then dismantle its nuclear deterrance. All the while the Obama administration continues to cut Israel loose, America’s most faithful Middle East ally. It is wrong, and the Lord is watching.

Related Links

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Mossad chief: Obama's perceived military "softness" weakens Israel - DEBKAfile
Inside the Revolution - Joel C. Rosenberg (Book)